Friday, June 05, 2009

Making the Cut: They Psychological Impact of Downsizing, and Surviving the Layoff

This interactive lecture, given by Laurie Dreyer, will explore the business decisions that firms are forced to make during tough economic climates. You will learn how economic factors impact the people in a firm and what the future holds for the "survivors". We will discuss how to survive the downturn without being laid off, and exit strategies for if you are. We will review best practices for firms delivering the bad news, as well as best practices for those who may be forced to hear the news. After attending this program participants will be able to review and understand how firms look at and make decisions about staff reductions, and common pitfalls in that kind of decision-making. You will be able to recognize the psychological and emotional impacts of letting someone go - and of being let go - and assess strategies for managing and recovering from those experiences. You will know best practices in both giving the bad news and receiving it, if either happens to you.

Laurie Dreyer is the Principal and Director of Human Resources at Anshen+Allen in San Francisco. She has worked for over 25 years in the A/E industry. Previous positions included Office Manager and Human Resources at Ratcliff Architects, Vice-President and director of Human Resources at Gensler, and Director of Human Resources, Recruitment and Staff Development at PSOMAS. Dreyer is a National Board Member of AEBL (formerly PSMA), member of AIA Large Firm Roundtable for Human Resources, and former member of faculty for AMI. She has had speaking engagements on a variety of Human Resources related topic for ACEC Senior Executives Institute, AIA, CELSOC, SEANOC, AIA HR Large Firm Roundtable, Georgia Tech., AEBL, Kyle V. Davy Consulting/Edward's Management Group: Practice Management for Emerging Leaders, and SMPS. Dreyer is also the co-author of the National AIA Human Resources handbook.

Making the Cut: The Psychological Impact of Downsizing, and Surviving a Layoff
Presented by SFNOMA. Co-sponsored by AIA East Bay.
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: None; this program open to all. Click here to RSVP.

For more information: 510/464-3600

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